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Scripps Florida Scientists Win $1.7 Million Grant to Advance New Strategies to Treat Huntington’s Disease

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Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have won nearly $1.7 million from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to investigate the mechanisms that contribute to Huntington’s disease.

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How Your Brain Might Be Secretly Thwarting Your New Year’s Resolutions

The human brain is wired to pay attention to previously pleasing things — a finding that could help explain why it’s hard to break bad habits or stick to New Year’s resolutions.

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A Surprise Role for Dopamine in Social Interplay

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Scientists have shown that the chemical signal dopamine plays an unexpected role in social interactions. In mice, nerve cells in the brain that release dopamine became particularly active in animals kept on their own for a short time.

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Origins Of "Rage" Identified in Brain in Male Animal Model

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Violent, unprovoked outbursts in male mice have been linked to changes in a brain structure tied to the control of anxiety and fear, according to a report by researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center to be published in the journal Current Biology online Feb. 11.

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Scripps Florida Scientists Identify a Memory Suppressor That May Play a Role in Autism

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In a new study, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute, working in collaboration with scientists from the University of California, Irvine, show that a specific microRNA has strong links to a number of neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorder

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TSRI Study Reveals New Link Between Brain and Fat-Burning Circuit

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A new study in animal models, led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, is the first to show that oxygen sensing in the brain has a role in metabolism and sensing an organism’s internal state.

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Canadian Concussion Centre Releases Ewen Brain Autopsy Results

The Krembil Neuroscience Centre's Canadian Concussion Centre (CCC) announces that the analysis of the brain of former NHL player Todd Ewen did not show signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – a neurodegenerative brain disorder that has been linked to multiple concussions.

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Couch Potatoes May Have Smaller Brains Later in Life

Poor physical fitness in middle age may be linked to a smaller brain size 20 years later, according to a study published in the February 10, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Predicting Who Will Develop Multiple Sclerosis

New project will investigate the events leading to multiple sclerosis in at at-risk individuals.

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Research Summit Focuses on Female Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury

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PINKconcussions and Georgetown University Medical Center are hosting the first summit to explore gender differences of female brain injuries including symptoms, treatment and recovery to develop a better model of care. The International Summit on Female Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury will be held Saturday, Jan. 27 at Georgetown University.

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Georgetown Hosts Research Summit on Concussions in Females

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When physicians, researchers and scientists gather at Georgetown University later this month, they will tackle what they say is an under-appreciated medical issue: brain concussions in girls and women. Former college athlete Melissa Coyne knows what a sports-related concussion can do.

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New Guideline for Treatment of Prolonged Seizures in Children and Adults

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Status epilepticus - continuous or rapid sequential seizure activity for 30 minutes or more - is a medical emergency with a high mortality rate in both children and adults. Prompt and effective treatment is key; therefore the American Epilepsy Society (AES) has released a new guideline to help physicians, hospitals, and health systems treat patients effectively.

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Social Hormone Promotes Cooperation in Risky Situations

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A hormone implicated in monogamy and aggression in animals also promotes trust and cooperation in humans in risky situations, Caltech researchers say.

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ROCK’N the Tau? Vasospasm Drug Shows Promise in Models of Dementia

Inhibiting the Rho kinases ROCK1 and ROCK2 with fasudil, a drug approved in China and Japan, stimulates tau autophagy in cell culture and flies.

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Using Medical Marijuana to Stop Seizures in Kids

Desperate for relief, parents are taking unusual steps to help children plagued with seizures. The relief, however, comes in a most unlikely form: marijuana.

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UCLA–Stanford Researchers Pinpoint Origin of Sighing Reflex in the Brain

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A new UCLA-Stanford study has pinpointed two tiny clusters of neurons in the brain stem that are responsible for transforming normal breaths into sighs. The discovery may one day allow physicians to treat patients with breathing disorders.